Being a bit frugal with a helmet purchase doesn’t mean skimping on quality head protection. This lid from Specialized comes with the MIPS lining we know and love for its added buffer against angled impacts, and cyclists with larger domes will be happy to know it comes in sizes up to XL.
Ultralight backpacking tents aren’t prized for their livability. Despite manufacturers’ best efforts, these pint-size shelters can get stuffy fast. Sea to Summit found another way in the Telos by rethinking traditional tent architecture. The V-shaped Tension Ridge pole, which supports the ceiling and fly, is a striking contrast to other ridge poles that curve down. By flipping the design, the Australian brand achieves a relatively lofty 43.5-inch peak height that made the two-person, 28-square-foot tent feel less cramped.
The Alpiner quickly became one of the most-worn jackets in our testing closet, due to both its comfort and its versatility. Buy it for how well the warm-yet-breathable Polartec Alpha Active insulation works under a shell at the ski hill; find excuses to wear it around town for the buttery-soft face fabric.
Asymmetrical hammocks wish they could deliver as flat a sleeping surface as the SkyLite. Two collapsible bars spread the sling into a three-foot-wide bed, so we could sprawl in any position, including on our stomach. The built-in bug net thwarted pests. Notable omissions: suspension straps and a rain fly.
“Once you’re inside the tent, it’s wonderful,” our tester reported of the Aer. “The floor is a supportive and comfortable memory-foam-ish pad that’s just lovely to sleep on. The tent feels open and spacious, and it’s tall enough to sit up in without bumping your head on the roof.” It takes some involved setup, but the tester also mentioned that there wasn’t much of a hit to his mpg or added wind noise compared to the cargo box he usually keeps on the roof.
We’re wearing the Session as we write this; the shoe’s blend of comfort and performance make it just as appropriate downtown as it is on the trail. The stretchy knit upper breathes well and hugs our foot, while the extremely flexible heel makes getting the Session on and off very easy. BD’s proprietary rubber on the sole is exceptionally grippy but durable enough that we’ve noticed only a bit of wear at the forefoot and heel after two years of almost daily use.